Tips on Dealing With A Garage Door in Fontana That Will Not Open

by | Aug 30, 2013 | Construction and Maintenance

On those occasions when a homeowner decides to use their Garage Door Fontana and it does not open, it can be very helpful to know what types of issues might be causing the problem. While many homeowners may immediately think of calling a repair person, in some cases that may not be necessary and with just a little bit of work, they can get their unit back in operation on their own.

One of the first things that the homeowner will want to do is to determine if the issue is with the door or the door opener. This can often be checked by using the emergency release cord, which will free the trolley on the drive chain and allow the door to be opened manually. If the door opens, then the issue is most likely caused by the opener. However, if the door does not open, it may be an issue with any of the various elements on the door system.

To determine where the issue is it is a good idea, to examine the tracks on the system first. Many times tracks are dirty or damaged and this can stop a door from opening. Dirty tracks can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a household cleaner. Most tracks should not be lubricated, but rather the wheels at the ends of the Garage Door Fontana sections should be lubricated to ensure they could move freely up and down the track.

Tracks that are damaged may be able to be fixed by smoothing out any dents or crimps with a mallet. If the track has damage that is more extensive, it may require replacement. The alignment of the track should also be checked and adjusted if necessary by loosening the mounting brackets and using the mallet to shift the track back into place.

If the tracks are not the cause of the problem, it is possible that the safety device located near the foot of the door about four to six inches from the ground is causing problems. There are two safety sensors, one on either side of the doorway. These sensors work together to make sure that nothing is interfering with the operation of the door. Lens can become dirty or out of alignment and this can prevent the door from moving. Correcting these issues can often solve the problem.



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